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January 2019 Archives

Dealing with criminal convictions and US Immigration Law

Facing criminal charges in Louisiana is difficult enough as it is, but add in concerns over immigration status and things can very quickly go downhill. Because of how U.S. immigration law treats criminal charges and convictions, you might even feel as if you are being punished twice. Here is what you need to know about dealing with a criminal conviction as an immigrant.

Requirements for citizenship naturalization

There are many advantages to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. As a citizen, individuals can exercise various rights -- including the right to vote -- and apply for specific jobs or benefit programs in Louisiana. Those who hope to obtain U.S. citizenship should be aware that there are requirements for applying for naturalization, though. Such requirements include things like residency, age and even language ability.

Immigration court backlog longer than ever before

Immigrating to the United States is a long process filled with paperwork, documents and lots and lots of waiting. Unfortunately, that waiting is only getting worse by the day. Because of several factors -- including a now record government shutdown -- immigration hearings in Louisiana and across the rest of the country are taking longer to get to than ever before.

Does US immigration law limit when I an apply for asylum?

No one should have to fear violence or death for returning to their home, this is the reality for an untold number of people. While this is an extremely distressing situation, applying for asylum can help those currently in Louisiana or who are hoping to make it their future place of residence. Here is what those planning to apply for asylum should know about the process under U.S. immigration law.

Employment immigration for professors or researchers

Teaching or conducting research at a Louisiana university can be an exciting prospect for the future. However, professionals who have yet to reach the top of their chosen profession often worry that there is not any room for them in employment immigration. If you are a researcher or professor who is currently excelling in your field, you may be surprised to learn that there is a path to immigration specifically for you. 

Does U.S. immigration law protect against deportation?

Being removed from the United States -- also referred to as being deported -- is often a traumatic experience. However, an order of removal is not necessarily the final say on the matter. Under U.S. immigration law, those living in Louisiana might be able to delay or avoid removal altogether.